Western Carolina University English faculty members Brian Gastle and Annette Debo co-edited books that will be available this fall as part of the Modern Language Association’s Approaches to Teaching World Literature series.
Each book in the series suggests resources and a range of strategies for teaching a specific literary work, literary tradition or writer.
Gastle, head of the English department, co-edited “Approaches to Teaching the Poetry of John Gower” with R.F. Yeager, professor and chair of English and foreign languages at the University of West Florida.
John Gower was a 14th-century poet and friend of Geoffrey Chaucer, and Gastle said his poetry enables teachers to introduce their students to medieval literature and culture.
Gastle’s and Yeager’s book features essays on topics ranging from available editions and translations of Gower’s poetry to how to teach the historical context of Gower’s work on topics such as estates theory and medicine.
Debo, associate professor of English, co-edited “Approaches to Teaching H.D.’s Poetry and Prose” with Lara Vetter, assistant professor of English from the University of North Carolina Charlotte.
Early 20th-century poet Hilda Doolittle helped launch the free verse movement and authored long narrative poems, novels, memoirs and translations.
In Debo’s and Vetter’s book, essay writers share approaches to teaching H.D.’s writing such as exploring themes of myth and religion, and exploring her work within the context of modernism alongside such writers as Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot and Gertrude Stein.